Dana White: Anderson Silva Will Be Fighting Before The End Of The Year


Former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva suffered one of the most gruesome injuries MMA has ever seen when he shattered his left tibia and fibula as Chris Weidman checked his kick in the main event of UFC 168 last December.

It was immediately thought that the 38-year-old Silva’s illustrious career had come to an abrupt and shocking end, but reports soon began to rise that Silva’s injury wasn’t nearly as bad as it looked. He had successful surgery directly after it occurred, and Ed Soares reported last week that he was already riding an exercise bike in physical therapy.

This week, UFC President Dana White appeared on Sportsnation on ESPN 2 to detail the escalating recovery of ‘The Spider’:

“What’s crazy about that injury is that he will be walking without crutches in a few weeks, he will training in less than six months, and he will be fighting by the end of the year. So if you blew your ACL out, you’re out for a year and three months. If you break your leg in half, you’re back before the end of the year. The reality of it is he’s still going to walk in a few weeks here, he’s gotta come back first, let him start training and see what happens, and then we’ll go from there.”

So while Silva’s injury may have looked absolutely devastating at first, it is actually healing much faster than an injury involving ligament damage. It doesn’t hurt that ‘The Spider’ is a world-class athlete who has taken little damage throughout his UFC career, at least up until his feud with Weidman.

While Silva has been reported to return to his long-rumored boxing match with Roy Jones Jr., White seems fairly certain that he’ll be back in the Octagon before the end of 2014. Is that view a bit optimistic, or will a motivated Silva come back in rapid fashion? If he does, will he fight like his dominant former self?

  • Don't care about the trilogy as long as Silva can be back in the game and the injury does not affect his performance. I hope to see Silva fight but in all honesty, I don't believe that he has anything to prove. He has done more than any other fighter to solidify his supremacy in MMA.

    With that said, I won't be surprised to see the hate thread that will follow this article. Now is the right time for people to call names because the fighter is on a loosing streak and is physically in no shape to fight. Says everything a person needs to know about the MMA fans.

  • I don't think Anderson will return to dominate the way he did. My feeling is that those days are past.

  • Notice that DW says "fighting", but fails to mention which type of fighting.

    Silva will most certainly box and maybe before the end of the year. However, his returning to the Octagon is less certain.

    • That could mean something Brian but maybe not:
      Box – boxing
      Fight – Fighting
      MMA – MMAing…doesn't work so well 😉

    • could it be shadowboxing?

  • If he does come back to the UFC, I don't doubt that he'll do well. I don't think it's Silva falling off the wagon so much as it was Weidman being his kryptonite. I'd like to see Silva fight Bisbing, hopefully destroy him and then retire on a good note

  • Ivy

    I back?!?